Have you ever eaten a pomegranate?? I hadn’t until just a couple of weeks ago! I never understood what I was supposed to do with it or how I was supposed to eat it. After doing a little searching online (and even watching one YouTube video), I think I have it mostly figured out. You can drink the juice or even eat the little seeds (called arils) by themselves. I’ve done both now. I was actually really surprised by how much I liked the juice by itself. I was expecting it to be similar to cranberry juice (which I don’t like), but I read somewhere that the taste could be described as a cross between a cherry and a cranberry. I think that seems like an accurate description to me. Anyway, it was good! Granted, it’s expensive to buy a whole pomegranate to get only around a half cup of juice, but from time to time (and when they’re on sale), I think I may keep buying them. 🙂 Pomegranates are one of the healthiest fruits you can eat due to their high levels of antioxidants. They also act similar to aspirin by keeping blood platelets from sticking together and forming blood clots, as well as increasing oxygen levels to the heart.
Pomegranates are in season now, which is probably why I’ve been seeing them in the Kroger ads lately. I’ve purchased several already and even ate the arils by themselves for a snack one day (white grit part and all). They were good like that (and the seed is where the most beneficial fiber comes from), but I prefer to drink the juice by itself or mixed into a smoothie. You could also sprinkle the arils on a salad or on top of a fruit salad.
To get the juice out, gently squeeze on all sides of the pomegranate. You can also roll it around on the counter with the palm of your hand. Just be careful not to squeeze too hard or it will pop open. (Note: the red juice can stain easily.) I just kept rolling and squeezing gently until it felt like I had “popped” all the little seeds inside. Then I took a knife, made a small hole in one side, and started to squeeze the juice out. A bunch came out naturally, and then I had to squeeze a little more to get the remaining juice out. I squeezed the juice directly into my blender and then made this…
It was AWESOME. I know I make a lot of smoothies, but I’m really starting to get the hang of coming up with my own concoctions that taste really good, but are also SUPER nutritious. This smoothie, combined with two Choco-Coco Almond Bites, made for a great start to my morning!
Pomegranate-Chia Super Smoothie
Blend together (I have a Ninja Blender):
- The juice from 1 pomegranate (or about 1/2 cup POM juice)
- 1/2 cup frozen organic blueberries (or mixed berries)
- 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1-2 bananas (I used 1 fresh and 1/2 of a frozen one)
- Drizzle of honey (optional – I don’t add this anymore)
- 1 T chia seeds (adds fiber to keep you full)
This makes 1 large serving. Drink immediately and enjoy! So good! In fact, for once, I didn’t want to share my smoothie with my kids. I let everyone have two sips and then told them, “That’s enough. This smoothie is for me!” 🙂 I know…it was a little selfish of me, but I’m ALWAYS sharing with them. Luckily, my daughter understood and said, “Okay. Well, will you make us one of these smoothies for breakfast tomorrow?” Alright…I can do that. 🙂
These are the smoothie straws I use. We LOVE them! They’re easy to clean and we eliminate throwing away plastic straws every day!
Do you eat pomegranates?? And, if so, how do you like to eat them? I’m looking for new ideas!
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